Google’s Santa tracker simulates around-the-world sleigh ride

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Google has created way for children to track Santa Claus’ trip around the world in real-time as he delivers gifts to millions of children.

The Santa Tracker will start mapping Santa’s stops at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Viewers will be able to spot Santa’s exact location, where his next stop is, the seconds left until departure and how many presents were dropped off.

The Google Santa Dashboard uses Google Maps and Google Earth to work. It’s the first time the company has made a Santa tracker.

In years past Google teamed up with NORAD to track Santa’s flight. This year, NORAD partnered with Microsoft Bing.

NORAD has been tracking Santa’s flight since 1955. This year nearly 1,250 Canadian and American volunteers will answer phone calls and e-mails about Santa’s whereabouts.

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